|Death: ||Nov. 12, 2006|
CHURCH POINT - Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Church Point, La. for Raymond Duhon, 72, who died at 5:46 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Opelousas General Hospital in Opelousas, La.
The Rev. Dan Edwards will conduct the services.
Entombment will be in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church Mausoleum in Church Point, La.
Mr. Duhon was a native of Sulphur, La. He graduated from Sulphur High School in 1954. After high school, he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict for two years. After his years in the military, he enrolled in Baylor University College of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 1961. He started his career in mortuary science as a mortician and funeral director at a funeral home firm in Baton Rouge, La. His career moved him around at first. After working in Baton Rouge, he and his wife moved to Breaux Bridge then DeRidder. He worked in DeRidder for 8 1/2 years. He and his family moved to Lafayette. While working in Lafayette, he managed several funeral homes. They included homes in Lafayette, Church Point, Youngsville and Crowley. Once his accomplishments of serving different areas, was then his decided to purchase his first funeral home.
Ray and his wife purchased the first Duhon Funeral Home Friday, Aug. 13, 1974, the site of the Acadia Parish Health Unit today. In 1975 he built the second home; it was located on Martin Luther King Drive in Church Point. In 1987 he started construction on the present building today, Duhon Funeral Home of Church Point. In 1991, he and his wife opened the third location on Hwy 90 in Crowley and in 1995, the doors open for the fourth location of Duhon Funeral Home, located on Hwy 90 in Rayne, La.
Ray was a very active person over his life. He was an active member of his community. He chaired several fund raisers, some were to raise money for the lights at the baseball fields in Breaux Bridge. He coached some football teams and helped start the DeRidder Duck Club.
Ray was a very active member of the American Legion. He served on committees that built two homes, The American Legion Home on Hwy 35 in Church Point and the American Legion Home on Hwy 35 in Branch, La., which today is the home of G.J.'s Restaurant. He held several offices in the American Legion. He served as Post Commander for many years, Area Commander, 7th District Commander and 7th District Executive Commander. He won the highest award from the National American Legion for membership. He was a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
Ray fought hard and believed in helping many veterans to get aid and other benefits from the Veteran's Administration. There were many times that he even drove them to the VA Hospital.
Ray was a man of wisdom, charity, compassion and love. He and his wife started their business helping and caring for their customers in their time of hardship and that is the legacy that he has passed on to his wife and children that operate his business today.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce L. Duhon, of Church Point, La.; two sons, Calum Duhon, of Church Point, La., and Glen and Lynn Duhon, of Rayne, La.; three daughters, Melisa and Randal Guillory, of Church Point, La., Melinda (Yankee) and Randall Arabie, of Richard, La., and Shonda and Kentry Reagan, of Church Point, La.; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister, Wilma Eves, of Houston, Texas; and three brothers, Jimmy Duhon, of Dallas, Texas, Wilbur Duhon, of Dallas, Texas, and Roy Duhon, of Crowley, La.
Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Abraham and Esther Duhon; and one son-in-law, Rand Bellard.
Visitation was observed from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday and will continue from 8 a.m. today until time of service.
A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at the funeral home chapel.
Duhon Funeral Home of Church Point is in charge of arrangements.
Published on November 15, 2006.
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